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eration ? For his life is taken from the earth. * 34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I
pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? 35 Of himself, or of some other man? Then
Philip opened his mouth, and began at the
same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came
unto a certain water; and the eunuch said,
See here is water; what doth hinder me to 37 be baptized ? And Philip said, If thou believ
est with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he
answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ 38 is the Son of God.† And he commanded the
chariot to stand still : and they both went
down to the water, both Philip and the eunuch; 59 and he baptized him. And when they were
come up from the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw
him no more : and he went his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azorus, and as he
passed along, he preached the gospel in all the cities, till he came to Cæsarea.
* This quotation is agreeable to the Greek version of the Old Testament, which was made from the original Hebrew some time before tie birth of Christ.
it The learned Griesbach says this verse is wanting in many ancient versions ; and he has not retained it in his last edition of the New Testament.
# The original necessarily implies no more than that they went down to the water, and came up from the water.
1 AND Saul, still breathing out threatenings
and slaughter amongst the disciples of the 2 Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired
of him letters to Damascus* to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, t whether they
were men or women, he might bring them 3 bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed,
he came near Damascus : and suddenly there
shined round about him a light from heaven. 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice
saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest 5 thou me ? And he said, Who art thou,
Lord ? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom
thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick 6 against the pricks. And he, trembling and astonished, said, Lord, what wilt thou have me
And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee 7 what thou must do. And the men who jour
neyed with him stood speechless, hearing a 8 voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from
the earth ; and when his eyes were opened, he
saw no man : but they led him by the hand, 9 and brought him into Damascus. And he
do ? $
* Damascus was north from Jerusalern, upwards of an hundred miles, in Cælo-Syria.
This sect; that is, Christians. * The latter part of the 5th, and the first part of the sth verscs, are wanting in some ancient versions.
was three clays without sight, and neither did
he eat or drink. 10 And there was a certain disciple at Damas
cus, named Ananias ; and to him said the
Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, il Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said
unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Ju
das, for one called Saul, of Tarsus; for behold 12 he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man
named Ananias, coming in, and putting his
hand on him, that he might receive his sight. 13 Then Ananias said, Lord, I have heard by
many of this man, how much evil he hath done 14 to tliy saints at Jerusalem. And here he hath
authority from the chief priests to bind all who 15 call on thy name.
But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way : for he is a chosen vessel
unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, 16 and kings, and the children of Israel. For I
will shew him what great things he must 17 suffer for my name's sake. And Ananias
went his way, and entered into the house ; and putting his hands on him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord ( even Jesus who appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest) hath sent me,
that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be 18 filled with the Holy Spirit. And immediately
there fell from his eyes as it were scales : and
he received sight immediately, and arose, and 19 was baptized. And when he had received
meat, he was strengthened. Then Saul was
some days with the disciples who were at 20 Damascus. And immediately he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of 21 God. But all who heard him were amazed,
and said, Is not this he who destroyed them who called on this name in Jerusalem, and who came hither for the intent, that he might
bring them bound unto the chief priests ?* 22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and
confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus,
proving that this is the Christ.t 23 And after some days had passed, the Jews 24 took counsel to kill him : (But their intention
was known by Saul :) and they watched the
gates clay and night how they might slay him. 25 Then the disciples took him by night, and ict 26 him down by the wall in a basket. And when
Saul was come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join himself to the disciples : but they were
all afraid of him, and believed not that he was 27 a disciple. But Barnabas took him and
brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them that he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and that he
had preached boldly at Damascus in the name 28 of Jesus. And he was with them, coming in and 29 going out at Jerusalem. And he spake boldly
* The conversion of Paul, with all his prejudiees against the gospel, was a most wonderful event. It was elected by a miracle. To the heavenly vision, as he says, he way not disobedient. Though he had been a persecutor of the disciples of Jesus, he says he did it ignorantly. He had been under the influence of designing inen.
But he did not like thein, shut his eyes against the light of heaven.
+ That is, that Jesus of Nazareth is the true Messiah.
# They could hardly believe that he was sincere in professing to be a disciple of Jesus.
in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed
against the Grecians :* but they conspired his 30 death. And when the brethren knew it, 'they
brought him down to Cæsarea, and sent him 31 forth to Tarsus. Then the churches had rest
throughout all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit,
were multiplied. 32
And it was so that as Peter passed through all places, he came down also to the saints who 33 dwelt at Lydda. And there he found a man
named Eneas, who had kept his bed eight 34 years, and was sick of the palsy. And Peter
said unto him, Eneas, Jesus Christ maketh
thee whole : Arise and make thy bed. And 35 he arose immediately. And all who dwelt at
Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the
Lord. 36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple
named Tabitha, who by interpretation is called
Dorcas : This woman was full of good works 37 and alms-giving. And it came to pass in
those days, that she was sick and died: and
when they had washed her, they laid her in an 38 upper chamber. And as Lydda was near to
Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desir.
ing him that he would not delay to come to 39 them. Then Peter arose, and went with them.
When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him
* Those Jerr's who lived in the countries of Greece.